Friday, February 12, 2016

A Great Night of Sketching at the Carleton Tavern

"The Carleton" sketch above by artist Colin White

About twenty urban sketchers stopped over at the Carleton Tavern on the chilly, snowy night of February 10. 

Ottawa urban sketchers get busy

Sketchers arrived when they could and stayed for as long as they were able.
The tavern staff were warm and welcoming and the place really filled up with the Carleton regular patrons as the night went on.

Sometimes the sketchers become the subject matter for other sketchers.
This was the case with artist Mawt Trood.
To see some of the sketches that Ottawa urban sketchers shared, visit our facebook event page (click here) or our facebook group page (click here)

Below is a sample of some of the sketches that were shared on the facebook event page:

We would love if you would join us on our next outing. Please visit our NEW Facebook Group page and "like" it to receive updates.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meet + Sketch + Share

We have moved our Ottawa Urban Sketchers presence on facebook from a "Facebook page" to a "Facebook group" so that YOU can post your urban sketches!

Our previous "Urban Sketchers Ottawa" facebook page meant that the three administrators were the only ones who could post. We want you to post YOUR urban sketches for everyone to see.

Please Contribute Your Sketches!

Whether you have attended one of our organized sketching events or if you have spent the day urbansketching in Ottawa on your own, please share what you have sketched. 

As with all of our Ottawa Urban Sketchers events, all ages and all skill levels are welcomed to join us and contribute. 

There are just a few simple rules that apply:

Before sharing your drawings on our new facebook page, make sure they meet these basic criteria and they are done in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto (below).
  • You did the drawing on location, not from photos or memory. 
  • You have written the location of the sketch (town and state/country) in the headline 
  • No sketches from figure drawing sessions or posed models. 
We reserve the right to remove any drawings that don't fit our mission. We also encourage members to write descriptions and stories associated with each sketch.

  • We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. 
  • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. 
  • Our drawings are a record of time and place. 
  • We are truthful to the scenes we witness. 
  • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. 
  • We support each other and draw together. 
  • We share our drawings online. 
  • We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Q: "What Is Urban Sketching?"

In the embedded video (16:53) below, Jason Das, former president of Urban Sketchers, explains the Urban Sketching phenomenon to Sketchbook Skool students and suggests how they (and we) can be a part of it.